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Harvey Ray “Stan” Hoven, 78, passed away, peacefully, surrounded by his children on March 16, 2022 in Atlanta, Ga. Ray was born in Jackson to Lelia M. Hoven and Harvey Rufus Hoven. While adored by his children, family and friends, he especially loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren who affectionately called him “Paw Paw.”
Growing up in Jackson, he was an entrepreneur even at a young age and would often walk from his family home in Stave Creek to downtown Jackson to shine shoes so that he could earn extra money. Leaving Jackson at a young age to serve in the United States Army, he served overseas and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan during part of the Vietnam War. He was so very proud to have served his country and was extremely patriotic throughout his life. While in the service, he would often mail part of his pay back home so that he could help contribute to his family.
Ray married Patricia Ann Hoven in 1967 and they had four children: Doug, Kathy, Mandy and Brian. While Ray didn’t raise his family in Jackson, he often returned to visit his family who held such a special place in his heart. He loved his children so much and he made sure they wanted for nothing.
Funny and always appreciating a good joke, even at the end, he was making jokes from his hospital bed. He was a voracious eater and no doubt will miss lunches at Oak Hill, fried fish, seafood gumbo, barbecue, meat and threes and pretty much any variety of fruit cobbler (assuming it has vanilla ice cream, of course).
Ray is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Ann Hoven; grandson, Joshua Isaias Lee; his parents, Lelia M. Hoven and Harvey Rufus Hoven; and siblings, Catherine Hoven, Mary Nell Green, Cecil M. Hoven, Johnny Wayne Hoven, Bobby Lane Hoven, Leslie Elvin Hoven and Jessie Melvin Hoven.
He is survived by his loving children, Douglas (Lisa) Hoven of Holly Springs, Miss., Kathy (Geoff) Eggers of Atlanta, Ga., Mandy (Chad) Moseley of Homewood and Brian (Dane) Hoven of Vestavia Hills.
Ray is also survived by his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, Ryann Hoven, Douglas Allen Hoven Jr. (Tad), Hunter Hoven, Gabriel Hoven, Rylee Hoven, Bowie Brady, Summer Hoven, Douglas Allen Hoven III, Katie Hoven, Zebedee Hoven, Lily Hoven, John Michael Lee, Grace Lee, Jackson Lee, Sarah Lee, Henry Lee, Alex Ray, Harvey Ray, Woods Ray, Annie Ray, Thomas Hoven and Clark Hoven.
He leaves behind numerous friends in Laurel, Miss., Jackson and Birmingham.
A celebration of life service was held at Stave Creek Baptist Church in Jackson Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m. A graveside service was Monday, March 21, 11 a.m., at Patterson-Forest Grove Funeral Home in Birmingham. Both services are open to all friends and family.